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Feb 14, 2013 5:30am PST
in a shot and killed and his home in pretoria. these are live pictures of the gated community where he lives. more on that in a few moments. this is al jazeera, live from doha. so in the news, the deal of the century. talks on a $12 billion sale of fighter jets. revealing a prisoner x. an israeli-australian man jailed under a false identity died in israeli custody. try to restore consumer confidence following a scandal. dna testing is ordered on food products right across europe. the south african olympic athlete oscar pistorius has been arrested after his girlfriend was found shot dead and his home. it's been reported by south african media, but police would only say they have arrested a 26-year-old man. a policewoman said that he and his 30-year-old girlfriend reeva steenkamp or in the house and there had been previous incident at the house. she was shot several times and confirmed dead at the scene. the suspect is expected to appear in court in the coming hours and is being charged with murder. live pictures from the compound where he lives in pretoria. it is a gated community where mostl
Feb 14, 2013 7:00am EST
is charged with murder. the sporting camp and was arrested in his home in pretoria after a woman, his girlfriend, was shot dead and he said he thought she was an intruder >> at this stage, we can confirm that a young woman just died. a 26 test year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder. >> will the new steps announced by the european union stopped a scandal spreading and prevent this happening again? they're racist backdrop in st. petersburg between local team at liverpool -- we have a special report on how racist football fans in this city have given the game and ugly face there. also, aaron it is taking a look at in a rhetorical day in the aviation industry. >> it has just been confirmed that these two have mercer -- american airlines and usair was combined to create the world's largest airline with 900 planes and 3200 flights every single day what will the world's largest airline mean for the flying public? ♪ >> it is midday here in london, 7:00 in the morning in washington and 2:00 in the afternoon in the south african capital of pretoria were the countries supportin
Feb 20, 2013 7:00am EST
at his home. his girlfriend was found wearing a vest and shorts. the latest from pretoria. event a alled an deeply shameful event. >> and global soccer teams feet in asia to work out ways of tackling the corruption that affects every continent where the game is played. also in the program jamie takes a look at what's happening in business and trouble down the mines. >> yes. the world's biggest mining companies all losing chief executives. b.h.p. falling hard on the heels of xstrata and others. why have they all decided it's time for a change? >> it's 12:00 noon here in london. 7:00 a.m. in washington and 2:00 in the afternoon in the south african capital of pretoria where the prosecution at the bail hearing of oscar pistorius have been setting out their case against him. court one detective described how a witness explained non-stop shouting between oscar pistorius and his girlfriend were heard at the time of her killing. oscar pistorius denies deliberately killing her. he said he thought he was shooting an intruder. >> as a sporting hero, he was used to a spotlight. here in the back of
Feb 14, 2013 4:00pm PST
his girlfriend was shot dead early this morning. our correspondent andrew harding is in pretoria and starts our coverage from their. >> there has never been anyone quite like him, the blade runner, of global sensation. but police say that's oscar pistorius is a murder suspect, accused of killing his girlfriend. the story begins at pistorius's home, a closely guarded estate. >> a 26-year-old woman did die on the scene of a gunshot wound. heat has been charged with murder. >> the police said that neighbors heard a loud voices at the house overnight and then gunshots. they said there were previous domestic incidents at the helm. pistorius could have shot his girlfriend by accident after mistaking her as a burglar. >> allegations had been made was as the deceased burglar. we were very surprised and those allegations did not come from us. >> the dead woman has been identified as reeva steenkamp, a well-known south african model. their relationship and their careers rarely out of the headlines here. >> she was a really vibrant personality and other really wicked sense of humor. the fac
Feb 15, 2013 7:00am EST
.m. in pretoria, south africa. olympic and paralympic at least oscar pistorius, the double amputee, has appeared in court and been charged with murder. he broke down in tears as prosecutors announced they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder. his lawyers described him as being in an extremely traumatized state of mind. we have this report from our correspondent richard galpin. >> hiding his face from the cameras, oscar pistorius day is to be a police van taken to court. the global sporting legend facing a day of reckoning after his girlfriend or shot dead. inside, the courtroom was packed with people waiting to see what would happen when he appeared before a magistrate. it was a dramatic moment. he looked extremely tense. he was formally charged with murder and broke down in tears. he said nothing. the shooting took place at his home in this closely guarded housing estate in the early hours of thursday want, valentine's day. the woman he is accused of murdering was his girlfriend, a model of reeva steenkamp. they had been together since last november. they were the ultimate celebrity cou
Feb 22, 2013 7:00am PST
in pretoria. we may see oscar pistorius walk out at any moment so we're keeping our eye on it. we will have a live report from south africa in just a few minutes. in the meantime, the big new question out of washington is about the federal workers and the government agencies. they're on edge, bracing for furloughs or layoffs because they just don't know if the sequester is coming. there is just a week left to get a deal and the only progress to report, a phone call. the president reached out to speaker john boehner and to senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and he talked about the gop sequester strategy with the reverend al sharpton. >> my sense is that their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations, and they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts that could slow down our recovery over closing tax loopholes and that's the thing that binds their party together at this point. >> with no deal and bleak prospects the government is scrambling to look for places to cut $85 billion. now, we do know $46 billion comes from the pentagon.
Feb 14, 2013 11:00am PST
city of pretoria. >> it dhe did not appear today. the police are still conducting their investigations. >> reporter: he is idolized by people across this country, a country with no shortage f of national icons but he is certainly one of them. so his court appearance willing watched incredibly closely by people right across this country. nbc news, pretoria. >>> happening right now, hundreds of passengers stranded on that carnival cruise ship in the gulf of mexico now on their way back to dry land finally. this is new video of the carnival "triumph" being pushed towards mobile, alabama. jay gray is in mobile, alabama, where that ship was expected to dock within the next hour or so. jay, now we're hearing this could actually happen a lot later. >> reporter: yeah, jon. carnival cruise lines has confirmed that it will not dock until some time they say between 8:00 and 11:00 local time, central time. i just traded text messages with someone on the ship who tells me that they've been told midnight local time would be the earliest that they would make it in. so some confusion there. the proces
Feb 14, 2013 5:30pm PST
self effacing. >> reporter: nbc's rohit kachroo is in pretoria. >> reporter: south africa has one of the highest violent crime rates anywhere in the world. and it's not unusual for wealthy people to live in homes like these, gated communities with high walls and electric fences. and oscar pistorius' neighborhood is one of the most secure in pretoria. >> still, pistorius is a gun owner. police report previous incidents of a domestic nature at the home. tonight, billboards once celebrating the revered athlete are being pulled down. police have not formally named pistorius as the suspect. under south african law, they may not do so until the accused appears in court. oscar pistorius is scheduled to go before a judge tomorrow. >> sad story. to wake up to today. rehema ellis, we'll stay on it. thanks. >>> authorities in southern california have positively identified the body found in that burned-out cabin in big bear as the ex cop turned cop killer, christopher dorner. they i.d.ed him with dental records. dorner was killed in a stand offwith police on tuesday. that chain of events star
Feb 21, 2013 5:30pm PST
of his own. we get our report tonight from nbc's michelle kosinski in pretoria. >> reporter: oscar pistorius in court for the third day of a bail hearing that has turned into a sort of mini trial. and a battle between each side's attorney. today's bombshell, the chief police investigator, hilton botha, is facing attempted murder charges from a shooting he was involved in while on duty two years ago. even top prosecutors were stunned. >> what i can say is that the timing is totally weird. >> reporter: all this follows botha's shaky performance in court yesterday, riddled with mistakes, confused about facts. now he's off the case. >> certainly, the state will be left with the embarrassing impression that they don't -- they aren't fully in control of their own case and they haven't done certain crucial investigative steps to ensure they can actually prosecute this man. >> reporter: but then it was the prosecution's turn to reveal what they call inconsistencies in pistorius' story. he says he woke up in the dark, heard a noise, thought girlfriend reeva steenkamp was in bed, grabbed his
Feb 23, 2013 5:00pm PST
granted bail, oscar pistorius is staying at his uncle's home in pretoria. private security guards stood watch outside the home. the chief magistrate set bail for the south african olympian at $113,000. pist pistorius must hand over his passport and any guns he might own. >> it is not a sports case, no judgment being given. can we hold this guy so he can have his way later? i don't think he is a flight risk. he's a national figure, well known everywhere. >> pistorius cannot leave the district of pretoria without permission of his probaon officer. >>> mc hammer says his arrest was a result of racial profiling. he was booked on charges including resisting an officer. hammer claims today in a tweet that a male officer knocked on his car window and then asked "are you on parole or probation?" he said after that, the officer tried to pull him out of his car. hammer most known for his hit "you can't touch this" and "too legit to quit." >>> for the first time in years, an oakland man is a free man. an emotional reunion between the man and his mother. it took four year investigation by a san fra
Feb 20, 2013 5:30am PST
was an accident. our reporter is outside the court in pretoria. more incriminating evidence is coming out against pistorius, one of which is this issue about the trajectory of the bullets that were fired. could you tell us more? >> absolutely. this has all come out as part of the prosecution cost case. they are talking to the lead police investigator -- prosecution's case. they are talking to the lead police investigator. they believe that oscar pistorius had his prosthetic limbs on. there were four bulletholes in the door. they believe that he fired from an upright position, standing down upon reeva steenkamp. that is where the allegation has come from. >> there is a lot more evidence that is expected to come out. is there an expectation that this bail hearing will stretch onto beyond the current two days? it will stretch on for -- i don't think it will be over today. that is because of the really serious nature of the allegations being made by the police at this stage in the hearing. in the last hour, before they went into another recess, the defense launched another vigorous cross-examination
Feb 23, 2013 6:00pm EST
in pretoria once again. >> reporter: oscar pistorius spent his first day out of jail at his uncle's three-storied home in a quiet well-to-do suburb with strict bail conditions. no guns, no alcohol. no passports to leave the country. no returning to his home which is now a crime scene and twice a week appointments at a police station. fans cheered outside a courtroom friday. when south africa's most famous athlete was released on bail. after the shooting death of his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. as he stays inside his uncle's home the victim's family is beginning to share more of their feelings. steenkamp's uncle expressed frustration with the celebration after oscar pistorius' release. just today before south africa aired its first interview with steenkamp's parents a glimpse of the family's anguish. reeva's mother june revealing with a local newspaper that the pistorius family sent flowers after reeva died. what does it mean, she asked? nothing. the olympian allegedly shot four times through the bathroom. steencavern's father said today, if the way he said it happened is true, i will be a
Feb 22, 2013 9:00am EST
is at the courthouse in pretoria. good morning. >> reporter: the judge announced this morning that he would deliver his ruling on pistorius' bail at around 7:30 eastern time. we've now been listening for an hour and a half to him outline every detail of this case. that was all very objective, straightforward. what we've been listening to for the past four days. now, though, the judge is getting into his opinion. he criticized the state's case, saying that some of the evidence presented was just circumstantial and the chief police investigator contradicted himself, gave wrong information. but, he says, he also has problems with pistorius' account of what happened that night. especially since pistorius described himself as feeling so vulnerable that he wanted to get his gun and start shooting. the judge asked, okay, then why did he rush into danger when so many opportunities were available to him? it's really difficult to tell at this point which way to go. we expect the ruling, though, any minute now. carl? >> michelle kosinski in pretoria, thank you so much. >>> the winter storm that dumped snow on the
Feb 22, 2013 7:00am EST
in pretoria, south africa, where chief magistrate, desmond nair, is about to announce a decision that will settle the fate of oscar pistorius. he faces trial on a charge of premeditated murder after his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, was shot dead in his home eight days ago. the question about to be settled is straight forward -- will he be freed on bail before trial or imprisonned? our world affairs droont, richard galpin, has the latest on a case being followed around the world. >> oscar pistorius has been brought once again to the court from the police station in pretoria, where he's been held now for more than a week. this time, though, a decision is expected on whether he'll be allowed out on bail or kept in custody for months before the full trial starts. but first, the court heard more arguments from prosecutors that pistorius should be kept in custody because of the degree of violence in this case and because they say pistorius might try to flee. the shooting took place in his home in the early hours of valentine's day. prosecutors allege pistorius got out of his bed and sh
Feb 22, 2013 4:00am PST
's decision. 29 minutes away. robyn curnow joins us live now from pretoria. >> half an hour to go until we hear that judgment from the magistrate on whether or not oscar pistorius spends tonight and the next few months perhaps the rest of this year behind bars or whether he walks free for now and goes home. and, of course, the journalists standing outside here, the pretoria magistrate's court, all waiting anxiously. also we know inside that court, his family, he has a large family, they have been incredibly supportive. literally standing behind him, sitting behind him, often putting their hand on his shoulder and they are all pretty anxious. we can see also oscar pistorius' demeanor, is he drawn, he hasn't slept well. he is slowly coming to terms with the realization he's facing a formidable battle ahead to stay out of jail. >> robyn kurnow. thank you for the update. we will consider to follow the story. >>> last night, a close friend told piers morgan he never saw a dark side. piers asked him about an incident at a restaurant when a gun that pistorius was carrying went off. >> it wasn't i
Feb 22, 2013 8:00am PST
in an announcement from pretoria. she swirms and tries to stick to her story. jodi arias. >>> two days away from historic daytona 500 danica patrick is on a roll. >>> oscar pistorius is getting out on bail. the blade runner will walk out of a courthouse today after days of uncertainty. his bond has been set the 1 million rand. about $100,000. he can't return to his house and must report every monday and friday to a police station. he must avoid witnesses, surrender his passport and can't go near an airport. the magistrate took two hours to explain his position and why he doesn't consider pistorius a flight risk. >> it may not necessarily be the case that he is now committed to face 15 years imprisonment or life imprisonment. i cannot find that the accused -- i cannot find that it has been established that the accused is a flight risk or that that ground has been established that is needed to be established. >> robyn curnow is live from pretoria, south africa. tell us what happened in that courtroom today. are people happy with this bail decision? >> reporter: the one person who is happy who walk
Feb 14, 2013 8:00am PST
girlfriend, and model, reeva steenkamp. it happened at pistorius' upscale home in pretoria, south africa. amanda davis is a cnn international sports anchor and she has interviewed pistorius. she's covering the developments in london. what more do we know, amanda? >> hi, ashleigh. i can tell you that oscar pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. he's set to appear in court in pretoria in south africa on friday morning. this all happened very much as we were waking up here in london. reports of a fatal shooting at the house of the 26-year-old oscar pistorius. initially there were reports that it was perhaps a valentine's surprise that had gone horribly wrong, that pistorius woke to what he thought was an intruder and shot that intruder dead. the police, it has to be said, have said they don't know where those stories have come from, so throughout the course of the day, it was then confirmed that it was, in fact, pistorius' girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, as you said, who was shot and killed. and then it has emerged it is pistorius who has been charged with her murder. >>
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Feb 22, 2013 6:00am PST
immoveable properties with weeping willow estates, pretoria east, which properties have a combined value of approximately 1.6 million. they are bonded to the value of one million. he has a vacant land in which has approximately 1.7 million which is not bonded. he holds mobile assets, housing furniture. jewelry which are valued in excess half a million. he has cash assets of one million at various banks within the country. he has what would be, what are the means and travel documents held by the accused which may enable him to leave the country. he has two south african passports. the one is full. he needs the passport to compete overseas. compete overseas but is willing to surrender the passports to the investigating officer should be a condition of bail. he is not in possession of any other travel documents. and undertakes not to apply for such documentation pending the finalization of these proceedings. his professional occupation currently provides him with a income of approximately 5.7 million per annum. now we have debated the issue including the discussion on the argument and i as
Feb 22, 2013 10:00am PST
kazinski, joins me now from pretoria, who has been covering it from the start. michelle, surprising to some. looking at it from outside the criminal justice system in south africa. you having watched all of this understand with all these twists and turns the prosecution case was at times damaged. >> exactly right. i mean, this turned into a surprise. it didn't necessarily start out that way. the ruling was read, and oscar pistorius broke down sobbing. his body shaking. like you said, the case is so complicated, but such widely different sides. depending who you talk to, this is either a tragic accident or premeditated murder. this judge kept everyone guessing. his ruling lasted two hours, and in it he criticized prosecutors saying their witness, this chief police investigator presented flawed evidence, made mistakes, should have done more work, but he then said that doesn't necessarily mean that the state's case is not strong. then he hit pistorius saying he had big problems with pistorius's account of what happened early that morning. even to say if pistorius felt so vulnerable and scared
Feb 14, 2013 6:00pm EST
him after his girlfriend was found shot to death in his pretoria home early this morning. he became a household name after competing in the 2012 olympic relay in london. her uncle says her family is devastated. >> we are in shock. her whole life of what she could achieve came to an end. >> police have responded to several domestic violence calls at his home. he is in police custody and will appear in court tomorrow. >> tonight we're getting a first look at conditions inside the damaged carnival cruise ship. now being towed back to shore at a painfully slow process to bring the boat and its passengers to alabama. it has not been easy. a cable broke at one point today, is that right? >> that is right. these people are so close that several hours -- customs agents boarded the ship to speed the process. once they get to the stock behind me is several hours before the passengers can get off that vote. as the triumph makes it sluggish return to shore families are waiting. >> i promise you, i will pick you up from that ship. i will have a nice warm blanket for you. >> the finale of a horri
Feb 21, 2013 6:00pm EST
charges of attempted murder. the detective has been pulled off the case. from pretoria, andrew harden reports. >> center stage for the wrong reasons. the detective investigating istorius, now, hilton botha charged with an attempted shooting in 2011. botha said -- itw a was murder and the athlete should not get bail. from thes dropped case. x this necessitated us, -- this necessitated us to take him off the case. >> the focus returned to the death of reeva steenkamp. the court herd arguments of what and why in the bedroom, he shot his girlfriend bheind a locked door. the windows were unbarred. he said he felt a burglar had broken in and he fired in, killing reeva by mistake. but the prosecution said he was a vioelnt man and this story did not add up. >> there was a burglar in the bathroom -- this led to four shots, making him a murderer who does not deserve bail. >> the "blade runner," a numbe global brand, has been dropped. the man is now at the heart of a legal storm. with south africa's legal system in the spotlight and a murder case with a new twist each hour. >> for more, i spoke
Feb 17, 2013 11:00pm EST
at his home on valentine's day. he's still held at a pretoria police station where members of his family have been visiting him and for the first time she face the cameras to speak about the case. >> we have no doubt there is no substance to the allegations and that the state's own case including its own forensic evidence strongly refute any possibility of premeditated murder. >> reporter: the distress of pistorius' family is obvious. this is his sister being comforted. they said that oscar was also numb with shock and grief. pistorius will be back in court tuesday at bail hearing where more details of the shooting are likely to be revealed by the prosecution and the defense team might give their first hint of their version of events. >>> still ahead tonight a cold windy sunday. so what can we expect for presidents day tomorrow? >> fox 5's gwen tolbart joins us next with final check on our forecast. >> it's a holiday, so everybody wants to know what's going to happen. the good news is we'll have some sunshine. we'll also have some changes coming up in our forecast and i'll have the deta
Feb 15, 2013 5:30pm PST
is in pretoria, south africa tonight, with the latest. >> reporter: oscar pistorius sobbed openly in court, buried his head in his hands as he heard the charge of murder read out against him. prosecutors called it premedicated. nbc's rohit kachroo was in the courtroom. >> reporter: he looked genuinely devastated. i sat four or five seats away from him. his father tried to embrace him and he just looked totally devastated. >> reporter: the victim was pistorius' girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, a model set to star on a tv show tomorrow. police say she was shot four times in the head and body with a .9 millimeter pistol. registered to history i couldn't say. a statement said the alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms. pistorius wants to send his deepest sympathies to the family of reeva. her uncle spoke earlier today. >> the answer will come out. if you really believe in the law, that will come out. and we don't have to make any judgment. the judgment will be done then. >> reporter: initially, media reports suggested it might have been an accident, that she may have been mistaken for a
Feb 18, 2013 5:30pm PST
's michelle kosinski with us from pretoria, south africa. good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian. oscar pistorius only months ago made olympic history. this career had him set to race on four continents in the next few months. now his agent has cancelled everything. nike says it will no longer use him in ads. he is here in jail, preparing to face prosecutors in court tomorrow. oscar pistorius, brought to jail on valentine's day, the day his girlfriend was shot to death seen in these exclusive pictures, covering his face with his jacket. since then, visits from his family, agent, friends and lawyers. tomorrow he will be back in court for a bond hearing the same day as reeva steenkamp's funeral. >> just taking things one day at a time. and we'll get through tomorrow to remember my sister and all the goodness that she stood for. >> you fall in love with being in love with love. it's just one love everywhere. >> reporter: for many here, it has been chilling to see her in life, in her new reality show that aired this weekend. >> the way that you go out and make your exit is so important. you
Feb 20, 2013 5:30pm PST
is in pretoria, south africa for us again tonight. >> reporter: oscar pistorius arriving in court today, inside no hiding from photographers. today the chief police investigator challenged pistorius' account. of what happened the morning reeva steenkamp was killed. he said pistorius would have had to walk 23 feet from the bedroom, go inside the bathroom and fire four times into a small, enclosed toilet room from five feet away. believing a dangerous intruder was inside. the investigator said pistorius would have been wearing his prosthetic legs, because the bullets were shot high into the door with a downward trajectory. but pistorius stated he was not wearing his prosthetics which is why he said he felt so vulnerable. police also say they have witnesses, a neighbor who said she heard what sounded like fighting for an hour from pistorius' home and then gunfire. another neighbor says he heard shots, looked outside, saw lights on inside the home, heard a woman scream two or three times and then another few shots. pistorius' uncle addressed the allegations. >> they're just not true. this is it. he
Feb 14, 2013 5:30pm PST
the new from pretoria, south africa, tonight. >> there's the start! >> reporter: who would have imagined the man who did this, could end up like this? accused of murder of his girlfriend, reeve steenkamp, a well known model in south africa, seen here in a cellphone commercial and a fixture on the red carpet. the two of them were a couple that demanded attention. pistorius lived in this luxury estate behind high walls and electric fence. here in south africa, crime is rampant and that may be one of the reasons for the rumors going around here, that he may have shot his girlfriend, mistaking her for an intruder. but police have other suspicions. they said there have been incidents in the past in the home and they received reports of neighbors hearing shouting before the shooting. >> there has previously been incidents at the home of mr. pistorius. allegations of domestic nature. >> now pistorius begins to fly. >> reporter: pistorius's story of determination is legendary, his legs amputated when he was 11 months old. but with a pair of prosthetic blades, he was fast as lightning. >> i've be
Feb 17, 2013 6:00pm PST
for oscar pistorius met with him for a second day at the pretoria police station where he's being held while details of what happened at the track star's home last thursday began to emerge. cbs news has learned police believe reeva stien camp slept in the same bed as pistorius and was in her nightgown in the bedroom when she was first shot. she ran to the bathroom and locked herself inside where she was shot in the head hand and arm. pistorius reportedly broke through the bathroom door and carried his dying girlfriend down the stairs when his sister aimee arrived pistorius was trying to reviv stien camp. he reportedly told his sister he thought its girlfriend was a burglar. she has given a sworn statement to police. his father henke historuous told a reporter for britain's newspaper that the son acted out of instinct. reporter aislinn laing. >> he says there is no doubt that his son believes he was attacking the intruder. police dismissed the intruder theory from the start and arrested pistorius for premeditated murder. they took a 9 millimeter gun from the home and reportedly found a bloody
Feb 19, 2013 5:30pm PST
on prosthetic blades-- he lost both legs as a child. emma hurd is following the case for us in pretoria, south africa. >> reporter: oscar pistorius told the court he was deeply in love with his girlfriend and never intended to kill her, his words read out by his lawyer. his family sobbed in the packed courtroom, and pistorius, one of the world's most famous athletes, broke down in tears. according to an affidavit, pistorius said he had woken in the night, convinced there was an intruder in the bathroom. he grabbed his gun and fired through the bathroom door, thinking that reeva steenkamp was in their bed. when he realized she wasn't, he said it filled him with horror and fear. but the prosecution argues that pistorius knew steenkamp was hiding in the bathroom after an argument, and that he put on his artificial legs, walked 20 feet from the bedroom before opening fire. the prosecution won the first round in court today. oscar pistorius will be charged with premeditated murder. the onus is on the defense to show that there are exceptional circumstances to convince the judge to allow him out on
Feb 22, 2013 5:30pm PST
with murdering his girlfriend. emma hurd is in pretoria, south africa. >> reporter: oscar pistorius was driven away from court, the world's media trying to catch a glimpse of his first moments of freedom after eight nights in a police cell. >> reporter: magistrate desmond nair made the ruling after a two-hour summation to gasps of relief from the pistorius family. but the judge cast doubt on the athlete's version of events. during the hearing, pistorius testified he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder shooting four times through a locked bathroom door while she was on the other side. >> reporter: the biggest twist came when it was revealed the lead detective on the case milton botha, was facing seven charges of attempted murder himself. an embarrassed prosecution replaced its investigator. pistorius broke down repeatedly during the hearing, his whole body shaking when the ruling came. reeva steenkamp was gina myers best friend and roommate. reeva's bedroom now lies empty just as she left it the night she died. >> i do go through a lot of stages of disbelief because it doesn't feel real. thi
Feb 22, 2013 6:30pm EST
with nbc's michelle kosinski who was in court in pretoria, south africa. >> reporter: four days of arguments, and raw emotion came down to this. finally, a ruling on whether oscar pistorius would be released on bail. coming only after a two-hour explanation by the judge. >> i come to the conclusion that -- >> reporter: long, dramatic pause. >> the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> yes! >> reporter: pistorius broke down sobbing, shaking. his family held hands in prayer. >> we are relieved that the -- the fact that oscar got bail today. but at the same time, we are in mourning for the death of reeva, with her family. we know that that is the truth. and that will prevail. >> reporter: a friend of reeva steenkamp was also in court. >> and we pray that justice will prevail. and we still are just very sad that -- we need to remember that somebody has lost their life. >> reporter: pistorius, looking composed as he left the courthouse, was chased by a throng of photographers. there are conditions to his freedom, including a $114,000 bond. pistorius must also surrender h
Feb 19, 2013 4:00am EST
laid out in a small courthouse in pretoria, south africa. here's tahman bradley. >> reporter: oscar pistorius appeared in court this morning for a bail hearing. the double-amputee is charged with murdering his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. >> i saw him as a lonely young man. very heartbroken and sad. >> reporter: despite the murder charge, one legal expert thinks pistorius has a shot at bail. >> everybody knows who he is. it's not as if he can hide and get a passport and go overseas without anybody noticing him. >> reporter: pistorius' family and friends insist the shooting is an accident. but new details about the case may make it difficult to prove self-defense. pistorius applied for six separate firearms licenses just last month. and another report cites police sources saying that a bloody cricket bat is a key piece of evidence, possibly used in an argument before the shooting. meanwhile, steenkamp's loved ones gathered for a private memorial. >> the family coming together, for the one person who would be the strongest that held us all together unfortunately is
Feb 22, 2013 6:00pm EST
que ocurrio hoy en la corte de pretoria. oscar pistorius puede pagar fianza y quedar libre mientras encara un juicio por matar a tiros a su novia reeva steenkamp el 14 de febrero. despuÉs varios dÍas de audiencias, el magistrado desmond nair decidiÓ conceder la fianza al famoso atleta con las piernas amputadas. nair impuso una fianza de 113 mil dÓlares, de los que pistorius tendrÁ que pagar 11.300 dÓlares y demostrar que el resto del dinero estÁ disponible. el magistrado indicÓ que el atleta tiene que entregar sus pasaportes y cualquier arma de fuego que posea. no puede salir del distrito de pretoria sin permiso de su oficial supervisor, tampoco puede regresar a su casa, donde ocurriÓ el crimen. la pro Óxima audiencia judicial es el 4 de junio. nair dijo que la declaraciÓn jurada de pistorius, en la que ofrece su versiÓn de los hechos, lo ayudÓ en su solicitud de fianza. la fiscalÍa pedia que no se le otorgara la libertad bajo fianza, argumentando que el atleta tiene "el dinero, los medios y el motivo" para huir de suda frica. pero el juez dijo que no creÍa que pisto
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